College Theme 2014 /2015

College Theme 2014/15: Caring for Carers

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has many commitments in training, professional competence and public awareness. A considerable amount of work is achieved annually through its faculties and committees. The College Council has chosen to focus some of that work on a particular theme within mental health services. For 2013, that theme was Youth Mental Health and for 2014 – 2015, the theme is Caring for Carers.

In 2012, the Department of Health published the National Carers Strategy. This has been an important development in progressing carers legislation and signals the Government’s commitment to recognising and respecting carers as key care partners and to responding to their needs, across a number of policy areas

Related articles & videos

The Carers Association of Ireland The Family Carers Survey November 2009 for Distribution
CPsychI Carers Study Summary Booklet November 2009
CPsychI’s Medfest 2014 The Caring for Carers theme was addressed at CPscyhI’s MedFest (medical film festival) at UCD. A humorous and touching short documentary called ‘Irene’ was shown. The film examines the everyday tasks involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Watch Irene here.
CPscyhI’s REFOCUS Group REFOCUS Who cares? Listening to the needs and experiences of carers of people with mental illness
Bodywhys Eating Disorders – A Resource for Parents
Care Alliance Ireland Ten Tips for Family Carers
Family carers: Looking after our hidden workforce
Carers Week reminds us of our unsung heroes – Liam O’ Sullivan, Care Alliance Ireland
Family Caring in Ireland
Fact Sheet on Family Caring in Ireland
The National Carers’ Strategy
Irish Times Campaigners argue that caring should be classified as a “public health concern”: study finds up to 15% of carers of children are depressed (07/02/14)
Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) A checklist for carers of people with mental health problems (RCPSYCH & Partners in Care)
Carers and confidentiality in mental health: improving the lives of people with mental illness
Meeting the mental and physical healthcare needs of carers (RCPSYCH’s Journal of Psychiatric Treatment)
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) EAPC White Paper on Family Carers: part 1 & 2
SHINE Guidelines for Realising a Family Friendly Mental Health Service (January 2014)

Useful websites:

Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland
The Carers Association & Young Carers
Care Alliance Ireland
Caring for Carers
Disability Federation of Ireland
Inclusion Ireland
Irish Association of Social Workers
Mental Health Ireland
Mental Health Reform